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Israel Gaza campaign kills 27, wounds more than 100
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GAZA CITY (Palestinian territory): An Israeli operation against Gaza militants killed 27 people on Tuesday and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, in the deadliest day of violence in the coastal strip since 2012.
 
Air strikes on Gaza killed 23 people, including an eight-year-old child and two teenagers, and Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants who staged a beachfront assault on an army base just north of the besieged Strip....

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Abdullah claims victory in disputed Afghan election
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

KABUL, July 8 -- 2014: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory today in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind poll rival Ashraf Ghani in preliminary results.
 
"We are proud, we respect the votes of the people, we were the winner," Abdullah told thousands of cheering supporters gathered here.
 
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Jokowi has slim lead a day before Indonesian poll
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

JAKARTA, July 8 -- 2014: Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo has a lead of less than three percentage points over his rival, a poll showed today, a day before the country's tightest election since the downfall of dictator Suharto.
 
Jakarta governor Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, is 2.7 points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto, according to the survey from Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting....

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Japan on highest typhoon alert, 480,000 urged to take shelter
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tokyo (AFP) - Japan braced Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter.
 
The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of storm surges, landslides and massive damage from the typhoon packing gusts of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour....

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China's Xi rides on the Korean wave
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip to South Korea is being watched closely in several capitals, amid an increasingly right-leaning Japan and American perceptions that Beijing seeks to impose a new  security architecture in the region with itself at the centre. The landmark visit has garnered much attention in light of Xi’s break with traditions set by former...

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Mogadishu one step away from famine
Monday, July 7, 2014

MOGADISHU, July 7 -- 2014: War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned today.
 
"Somalia's food security crisis is expected to worsen over the next several months following poor performance of the major rainy season, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, increasing malnutrition,...

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Indonesians face stark choice in presidential vote
Monday, July 7, 2014

JAKARTA, July 7 -- 2014: Indonesians vote Wednesday in the country's most pivotal presidential election since the downfall of dictator Suharto, with Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and an ex-general with a chequered human rights record in a tight race.
 
Voters face a stark choice between Widodo, the first serious presidential contender without deep roots in the Suharto...

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Europe's busiest airports boost screening over US fears
Friday, July 4, 2014

PARIS, July 4 -- 2014: France today boosted passenger screening at its airports, responding to a Washington request for extra security for US-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs.
 
The French move, announced by the DGAC civil aviation authority, follows similar action by Britain, and notably impacts Europe's two busiest hubs: Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle....

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Chinese Ambassador denies claims of fasting ban in Xinjiang
Friday, July 4, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang today denied foreign news reports on Wednesday that Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have been banned from fasting during the month of Ramadan. 
"I do not think it is true. Which Chinese media have reported the news? It is not Chinese media, right?," he said to reporters after attending the Corporate Malaysia...

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OIC wants better communication with Myanmar, says Syed Hamid
Friday, July 4, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Recently appointed Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Special Envoy to Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said his first priority was to have better communication with the government of Myanmar. He intends to visit the country in order to explain to the government and people of Myanmar the intentions of OIC and the objectives of his appointment as Special Envoy....

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